Their love for their club seems limitless, the football clichés countless. In a humorous anthropological analysis of football fandom, Mohamed El Khatib and his collective, Zirlib, examine the myth of the working class, the formation of community and hostility, the complexity of values and the power of this 90-minute ceremony. Chants, dance and videos unite to create various portraits of a crowd in motion. When the “best French fans” meet Austrian football aficionados and Viennese theatre-goers, it becomes clear what it means, despite all the social and cultural differences, to be one audience, one block of spectators!
- Artistic Team
Text Mohamed El Khatib
Concept and directed by Mohamed El Khatib, Fred Hocké
Artistic collaboration Violaine de Cazenove, Éric Domeneghetty
Project assistance Coraline Cauchi
Stage/Lighting design/Video Fred Hocké
Sound design Arnaud Léger
Stage manager Léopold Frey
Production manager Martine Bellanza
Press Nathalie Gasser
Coproduced by Centre dramatique national de Tours - Théâtre Olympia, TANDEM scène nationale, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Théâtre de la Ville, la Colline - théâtre national, Châteauvallon - Scène nationale, Le Grand T - théâtre de Loire-Atlantique, Théâtre national de Bretagne, Théâtre du Beauvaisis, Scènes du Golfe, La Scène - Musée du Louvre-Lens
Supported by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès im Rahmen des Programms
New Settings and Fonds SACD Théâtre
Mohamed El Khatib is a French playwright and director living in Paris. In his work, he attempts to bring the theatre face to face with other media and to observe the outcome of these frictions. After obtaining a literature degree, spending time at the CADAC (Dramatic Art Centre of Mexico) and writing his PhD thesis in sociology on artistic reviews in the French press, in 2008 Mohamed El Khatib co-founded the Zirlib collective based on a simple premise: aesthetics are not deprived of political meaning.
For his solo Finir en beauté (A Beautiful Ending) he won the Grand Prix de la Littérature Dramatique 2016.